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Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Mon 22-Aug-11 09:59:55
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How please can I open and view .MTS files created by my Sony camera on my XP PC without using Sony's software and connecting the camera directly? Not that I can make that work either!!

VLC player will play the sound but not the video, just still random images. I have transferred the files from the SD card to my PC.

Andrew
Standard User Brunel
(experienced) Tue 23-Aug-11 10:08:00
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Try a search on Google for "Sony *.mts"

Lots of options show.

You will probably have to convert to another format.
Standard User legume
(committed) Tue 23-Aug-11 10:43:52
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VLC player will play the sound but not the video, just still random images. I have transferred the files from the SD card to my PC.


Well I haven't googled about sony MTS - but AVCHD should be a standard format.

Assuming the random images are correct images and not junk, the VLC behaviour will happen if your PC is too slow to play the file.

Depending on the spec of your PC there may be ways to get it to work.

What graphics card/chip does it have, and what is the CPU?


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Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Tue 23-Aug-11 11:32:40
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My PC is rather old with a Sempron 3100+ @ 1.9GHz. 2GB of RAM and an Nvidia Geforce 6200!

The images in VLC are correct and I have just found Spash Lite that plays the video OK but the sound comes in bursts!!

.MTS files are created by AVCHD

Andrew
Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Tue 23-Aug-11 11:33:56
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Try a search on Google for "Sony *.mts"


Believe me, I have wink

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Standard User Brunel
(experienced) Tue 23-Aug-11 12:05:00
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Might be worth using this to try to convert the file.
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/audio_video/video_...


The "best" forums for video package and encoding issues are
http://www.avforums.com/
http://forum.videohelp.com/
http://forums.afterdawn.com/group_view.cfm/1
http://forum.doom9.org/

Also http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AviDemux
Standard User Andrew_W
(knowledge is power) Tue 23-Aug-11 12:12:36
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OK thanks, will have a look.

Andrew
Standard User 4M2
(committed) Tue 23-Aug-11 13:37:50
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Andrew_W,

Download this http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html - "Get it Free" the free version - and you will be able to play (and convert if required) your AVCHD .MTS files. After the installation go to "Options" > "Conversions" > "Decoder Options" and check "Use FFMPEG first...", then when you open an .MTS file Prism may automatically download on demand the ffmpeg component.

AVCHD is generally H.264 encoded video and AC-3 encoded audio which can make it difficult to decode if the correct codecs are not installed on a machine.

Best of luck,

4M2.

Edit: if your .MTS files are interlaced then I would not recommend Prism for conversion - only for playback. If you do wish to convert interlaced to another format, either retaining interlacing or with de-interlacing, then another program would be more suitable. Of the free programs "Handbrake" might be useful (?) but I haven't used it for a long time and the latest version may include those functions.

Edited by 4M2 (Tue 23-Aug-11 14:45:23)

Standard User 4M2
(committed) Tue 23-Aug-11 13:56:31
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Brunel,

Avidemux will probably not open Sony/Panasonic AVCHD .MTS files - although it is good for Canon/Nikon .mov files with H.264 encoded video and PCM encoded audio and many .mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio.

4M2.
Standard User mr_bean
(regular) Tue 23-Aug-11 14:25:51
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My PC is rather old with a Sempron 3100+ @ 1.9GHz. 2GB of RAM and an Nvidia Geforce 6200!
That should probably be OK but it will be sensitive to having things set-up correctly as the CPU alone will struggle with 1080p/i footage.

I used to have a 1.8GHz quad-core AMD CPU in my main desktop - IIRC VLC was fine with 1080p footage from both my cameras as long as it was set to use the hardware acceleration.

Do you have the latest version of VLC and have you checked the the video output options (Tools->Preferences) are correctly set?
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